In his weekly address, President Obama focuses on America's leadership on issues including Islamic State, Ebola, and climate change. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his weekly address, President Obama said America is leading the world on the most pressing issues including the fight against Islamic State, the effort to stop the Ebola epidemic, and confronting the threat of climate change. As airstrikes continue against Islamic State targets in Syria, Obama reiterated in his weekly address that "In my address to the UN, I challenged the world - especially Muslim communities - to reject the ideology of violent extremism, and to do more to tap the extraordinary potential of their young people." President Obama is also urging the international community to view outbreaks of Ebola, MERS and other deadly diseases as global security threats that require broad and rapid responses to protect the safety of populations and economies. Top U.S. officials from the White House, Pentagon and State Department met with representatives from 44 countries and multilateral agencies, including the United Nations and World Bank, to call for implementation of 7-year-old global standards for dealing with deadly epidemics and other health dangers, including biological attacks. "We're deploying our doctors and scientists - supported by our military - to help corral the outbreak and pursue new treatments," Obama said.